January 24, 2021

How positive coronavirus tests have impacted the schedule (ESPN)


It didn’t take long for the reality of the coronavirus pandemic to affect the restart of the 2020 Major League Baseball season.

We’ve seen more than a dozen postponements or schedule shifts, affecting eight different teams and stemming from outbreaks on the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals.

It can be difficult to keep track of, but here’s how the schedule impact has played out so far, starting with Sunday’s prelude to the first postponements on Monday.

Sunday, July 26

Postponed games: None.

Ninety minutes before the first pitch of the finale of a season-opening series between the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, the Marlins announce that right-hander Jose Urena has been scratched from his scheduled start. No reason is given at the time, but later it is learned he is among four Marlins players who tested positive for COVID-19. The teams elect to play despite Urena’s unavailability, and the Marlins win the game 11-6; later, Miami postpones its flight home.

Monday, July 27

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Jessica Mendoza wonders if MLB should keep playing after the Cardinals reported multiple positive tests for the coronavirus.

Postponed games: Yankees at Phillies; Orioles at…

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